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Filled with ground beef, marinara, melty cheese and crispy pepperoni, these low carb Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats will be a hit with your entire family. Unfortunately, traditional pizza is not low carb. But lucky for you, there are a variety of ways to get the flavors of pizza without the carbs. If you’re craving a pizza this weekend, try some of these pizza stuffed zucchinis instead. These low carb pizza stuffed zucchinis are also a Trim Healthy Mama S Fuel.
Zucchini is such a great vegetable when you’re watching your carbs – it is high in water content, low in carbs, and relatively low in calories.
And the flavor of zucchini pairs so well with pizza toppings! The combination of ground beef, marinara sauce, and zucchini is so good, you probably won’t even miss the traditional pizza crust.
In addition to being a great option for anyone watching their carbs, pizza stuffed zucchini is the perfect dinnertime dish for the family.
What better way to get your kids to eat their vegetables than to fill that vegetable with pizza toppings? They’re sure to devour these yummy pizza-filled vegetables and ask for seconds!
How to Make Pizza Stuffed Zucchini
Making your own pizza stuffed zucchini is super simple (YAY for easy weeknight dinners). And it’s even easier than making a homemade pizza because you don’t have to make pizza dough!
To make pizza stuffed zucchini you’ll need:
- Large zucchinis
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder and black pepper
- Ground beef
- Marinara sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
The first step to making pizza stuffed zucchini is to prepare the zucchini.
While using smaller zucchini is often recommended for squash recipes, this time you should use the biggest zucchini you can find.
This will allow you to stuff lots of delicious pizza toppings inside each zucchini boat! (And you’re going to want lots of toppings!)
Since you’ll be using large zucchini for this recipe, you’ll need to remove a lot of the center from the squash to make room for the pizza toppings.
Start by cutting each end off the zucchini, then cutting it in half and in half again lengthwise.
Then, grab a spoon and scoop out the center of each zucchini quarter and place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Brush each zucchini with olive oil and season with garlic powder and black pepper. Place the zucchini in the oven and bake them for 10 minutes to allow the zucchini flesh to soften a little bit before you add the toppings.
While the zucchini is cooking, take a few minutes to get your toppings ready.
Add the ground beef to a skillet and cook over medium heat until browned and crumbled. When the meat is beginning to brown, add in the chopped onion. After the meat is browned and the onion is translucent, add in the marinara sauce and reduce heat to low. Allow the sauce and meat to simmer until the zucchini is finished cooking.
When the zucchini is ready, remove it from the oven and add the meat and marinara mixture to the center of each zucchini. Top the marinara sauce with shredded cheese and add pepperoni to the top of the stuffed zucchini.
Place the pizza stuffed zucchini back in the oven and cook until the cheese has melted and the pepperoni is nice and crispy. Then, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes before you dig in.
Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Variations
One of the best parts about this delicious zucchini recipe is that it’s so versatile! There are a variety of ways you can easily alter your pizza stuffed zucchini to fit your own tastes and dietary restrictions. Here are a few easy variations you can make:
- More meat toppings: If you’re looking to add a little more protein to this dish, there are several great ways to include additional meat into the recipe. Some great options for additional meat toppings include bacon, Canadian bacon, ham, ground pork, ground turkey, or sausage.
- Lower fat version: Watching your fat in-take in addition to your carbs? You can easily reduce the fat in this recipe by making a few simple substitutions. Using low-fat ground beef is a simple way to keep the ground beef in the recipe, but you can also substitute the ground beef for ground turkey to reduce the fat content in this pizza stuffed zucchini recipe. You can also skip the pepperoni or swap out traditional pepperoni for turkey pepperoni to reduce the fat content even further.
- Vegetable toppings: Just as you can enjoy vegetable pizza, you can also create a vegetable version of this recipe. Simply remove the ground beef and pepperoni from the recipe and instead include lots of sautéed non-starchy vegetables! Bell peppers, banana peppers, olives, and mushrooms are all great options for a vegetable pizza stuffed zucchini recipe.
Is This Recipe Low Carb?
With no starch in this recipe for pizza stuffed zucchini, it can be a delicious low carb meal. When making this recipe for yourself, be sure to choose a low-carb marinara sauce that is sugar free. All the other ingredients in this recipe are low carb, so focusing on finding the perfect marinara sauce is the best way to ensure your dinner is low carb! (Plus, this recipe is also a Trim Healthy Mama S Fuel!)
If you cannot find a store-bought pizza sauce/marinara sauce recipe that you like, use this simple Sugar Free Pizza Sauce. (It takes less than 5 minutes to make!)
You’ll also want to check out my other zucchini boat recipe – Beef Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats!
And these 19 Low Carb Zucchini Solutions for Dinner!
- 4 Large Zucchini, cut into quarters
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Plack Pepper
- 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1 Small Onion, Diced
- 1 Jar Sugar Free Marinara/Pizza Sauce or 1 Recipe Sugar Free Pizza Sauce
- 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 32 Slices Pepperoni
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Use a spoon to scoop the center out of each zucchini quarter. Brush the zucchini with olive oil and season with a garlic powder and black pepper. Place the zucchini in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- While the zucchini is baking, brown the ground beef and onions. Combine the cooked ground beef and marinara sauce.
- Remove the zucchini from the oven and fill the center with ground beef and marinara sauce. Top with shredded cheese and pepperoni.
- Place the zucchini back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Amount Per Serving Calories 307 Total Fat 18g Unsaturated Fat 9g Carbohydrates 9g Net Carbohydrates 8g Fiber 1g Sugar 2g Protein 24g